Chattanooga sweeps Southern Conference Player and Pitcher of the Month awards for May
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Hurndon
Southern Conference Release
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Sophomore pitcher Brooke Loudermilk (Locust Grove, Ga.) was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Month and senior shortstop Tara Tembey (Folsom, Calif.) netted the honors for Player of the Month as Chattanooga swept the conference’s monthly awards to wrap up the 2008 softball season.
Loudermilk was chosen for her second Pitcher of the Month award this season, and the third of her career, following a dominant performance at the Southern Conference Tournament. The Locust Grove, Ga. native appeared in all seven games and posted a perfect 5-0 record, 1.01 ERA, .165 opposing batting average and 48 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.
She allowed only four earned runs and seven walks while throwing three complete games, including a 14-strikeout performance in the tournament opener against Western Carolina and eight and nine strikeouts, respectively, in wins over the College of Charleston and UNC Greensboro. For her efforts, she was named the 2008 Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
In the NCAA Tournament, Loudermilk started both games for the Lady Mocs, allowing five runs to eventual Women’s College World Series participant No. 3 Alabama and two runs to Florida State. Her two previous Pitcher of the Month awards came in April of 2007 and March of this past season.
Tembey garnered the first Player of the Month selection of her career following a stellar Southern Conference Tournament that netted her All-Tournament honors and a strong showing in the NCAA Regionals. For the month, she batted .412 with three home runs, six RBIs, two stolen bases and five runs scored, including a career-high tying two long balls in the 10-1 Southern Conference Tournament clinching victory over Georgia Southern on May 10.
The Folsom, Calif. native went 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run in a 9-2 victory over Appalachian State on May 9 and followed that up with a 2-3 performance in a 5-2 elimination game victory over the College of Charleston in the night cap. Tembey finished the clinching game 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and her two home runs.
Against No. 3 Alabama, she notched hits in her first two at bats before finishing 2-for-3 and added another hit vs. Florida State.
Chattanooga wrapped up the 2008 season with a 41-22 overall record and as Southern Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions.